Talking with Television

Talking with Television

Number of page: 238
Author: Helen Wood
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
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Category: Performing Arts

Television talk shows have fueled debates about television’s faltering role as a medium for social interaction, but this book points out that many viewers don’t just absorb the shows; they react to them and even talk back to their televisions. By observing and analyzing the daily viewing habits of a dozen women viewers, Helen Wood interprets these experiences as daily rituals of self-reflexivity, focusing on the performance of gender as a doubling of place in contemporary conditions of modernity. Directly challenging the fundamental assumption that new media forms are uniquely interactive, Talking with Television reveals that televisual styles, particularly talk-based TV, have always sought to encourage a participatory relationship with viewers at home.